First Lampard, now Sol Campbell! Ex-England player rejects safe Tory Kensington seat

Sol Campbell will not be throwing his hat into the ring for the safe Conservative seat of Kensington and Chelsea, he announced today.

The former England defender released a statement after speculation mounted that he might replace disgraced Tory grandee Sir Malcolm Rifkind who resigned after a cash for access scandal last week.

In a statement he said: “Due to growing speculation about the upcoming seat vacated by Malcolm Rifkind in Kensington & Chelsea, I would like to say that I will not be putting my name forward.

“It is a plum seat and whoever is picked by the Conservatives will be the right person for the job.”

This comes hours after former Chelsea star Frank Lampard was reportedly offered the ultra safe seat.

Despite his rejection of the seat Campbell didn’t rule out pursuing other political avenues in the future.

He added: “My ambitions lie elsewhere in the political arena.

“There are a lot of discussions to be had which I believe is the proper way to get to the right conclusion.”

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